Article 1. This Law is formulated to determine the size of a city， define the orientation of its development， realize the goals of its economic and social development， and map out its plan and carry out its construction on a rational basis in order to meet the needs in socialist modernization.
Article 2. This Law shall be observed when the plan for a city is being formulated or implemented， or when construction is being carried out within a planned urban area.
Article 3. The term “ city ” used in this Law applies to a municipality directly under the Central Government， a city or a town established as one of the administrative divisions of the state.
The term “ a planned urban area ” used in this Law applies to an urban district， an inner suburban district or an area needed for urban development and construction as one of the administrative divisions of a city. The scope of a planned urban area shall be determined by the people's government of a city， while compiling a comprehensive plan for the city.
Article 4. The state shall guide itself by the principle of strictly controlling the size of large cities and developing medium-sized and small cities to an appropriate extent in the interest of a rational distribution of productive forces and of the population.
A “ large city ” means one which has a non-agricultural population of 500， 000 or more in its urban and inner suburban districts.
A “ medium-sized city ” means one which has a non-agricultural population of over 200，000 but less than 500，000 in its urban and inner suburban districts.
A “ small city ” means one which has a non-agricultural population of less than 200，000 in its urban and inner suburban districts.
Article 5. City planning must suit the specific conditions of our country and embody a correct handling of the relationship between short-term and long-term development.
The principle of usefulness and economy and of building the country through thrift and hard work must be adhered to in construction in a planned urban area.
Article 6. The compilation of the plan for a city shall be based on the plan for national economic and social development as well as the natural environment， resources， historical conditions and present characteristics of the city. The plan shall be a comprehensive one which gives balanced consideration to all factors.
The construction of items of urban infrastructure as defined in the plan for a city shall be incorporated into the plan for national economic and social development in accordance with the specified procedure for national capital construction， and shall be carried out step by step in a planned way.
Article 7. The comprehensive plan for a city shall be coordinated with territorial planning， regional planning， water space planning and comprehensive planning for the use of land.
Article 8. The state shall encourage scientific and technical research in city planning and shall popularize advanced technology in order to raise the scientific and technical level of city planning.
Article 9. The competent department of city planning administration under the State Council shall be responsible for city planning throughout the country.
The competent departments of city planning administration of the people's governments at or above the county level shall be responsible for city planning in the administrative areas under their jurisdiction.
Article 10. All units and individuals shall have the obligation to abide by the plan for a city and shall have the right to report and bring charges against any action that runs counter to such a plan.